Winter at Maugha, 1996-97
Publication date 2006-11-29
Topics mandolin, saz, baglama, drone, droning, acoustic, atmospheric, folk, free psych-folk, free psychfolk, free psych folk, freeform, improv, improvisation, improvisational, improvisatory, improvised, improvising, jam, jamming, lofi, lo-fi, organic, other, psychedelia, psychedelic, psychfolk, psych-folk, space, spacey, spontaneous, modal, elf, elven, fairy, faery, pixie, Celtic, West Cork, Bantry, Kealkil, Kealkill, Ireland, Irish folk, Irish trad, Irish traditional, traditional Irish, Irish
A selection of lo-fi mono recordings of psychedelic saz and mandolin jams from the winter we spent up at Maugha, a farmhouse in the mountains of West Cork - a few traditional tunes mixed in with various original pieces we were developing at the time.
Matthew - saz
Inge - mandolin
Andy Man - djembe, other percussion, occasional vocal noises
Mike - wooden flute warblings
Tony - electric bass guitar (on 3, 6, 9, 11, 14)
Paul - electric guitar (on 9)
1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16 recorded in the front room or in Christy's cabin at Maugha, in the mountains above Kealkil, near Bantry in West Cork (Ireland).
3, 6, 9, 11, 14 recorded at Paul's house, near Ballydehob (or was it Skibbereen?) one evening when Mike drove us over there for a session.
"Farewell to Milltown" is a traditional Irish tune. So is "King o' the Faeries", although we've mutated it considerably. "Cool Mountain Balalaika" may be (based on) a traditional Russian tune. Or Inge (or someone else) might have made it up. She can't remember. Kris made up "Whisper in the Woods" and "Morroc 'n' Roll" was Paul's. The rest are our own creations.
Considering the appalling sound quality, to best appreciate this collection, we recommend imagining that you're alone on a little boat in the North Sea, late at night, tuning in to mediumwave radio, and that you've picked up this fairly weak signal of some strange music - is it from Latvia? Somewhere in the Balkans perhaps? You may never know.
Taped byMRW, Paul
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